By our Admin, Calabar
A land developer, Columbus Etta has denied Cross River State Government land and a four storey building under construction for the accommodation of foreigners who are to work at the expected fabrication institutes at No 1 Bishop Maynagh Avenue, State Housing Estate, Calabar
A source alleged that Governor Ben Ayade had requested for the land and the property therein for use in accommodating foreigners who are to work at the fabrication institutes.
The property, DAILY NEWS learnt located at the premises of Cross River State Property Development and Investment Limited (CROSPIL) which it was gathered had allegedly been annexed for the property acquired by the Governor for the Institutes.
When our reporter contacted the owner of the property which construction has reached three storey building level, Columbus Etta on phone, he said the land was legitimately acquired and he cannot give it out.
“Governor has not invited me for any negotiation, that is not true at all, there is nothing like that, I am still holding on to my property, no threat whatsoever, it is my property and so remained.
“I am going on with my project, no no, no, nobody asked me to stop work or construction, not at all. It is because we are preparing to pour the next floor so we slow down but work is in progress.
“Go there now, you will see my carpenters working, I have just supply them wood, nobody whosoever can ask me to stop work and they cannot eject me from the legally acquired land.
“People just assumed that I have compromised and handed over the project to Governor Ayade, it is not true, the land was acquired legitimately and legally, nobody can take it from me.
“You are speaking with the rightful owner of the property, so I am assuring you that I have not handed over my property to Governor Ben Ayade or Cross River State Government” he stressed.